CALUMET CITY | T.F. North senior Sharee Greenlee doesn't feel the weight of the world on her shoulders, but coach Tim Zasada said he has asked a lot of her.
"She is a senior who didn't play summer ball, but she came back here and caught on real quick," Zasada said. "We asked her to do a lot with our young team, and Sharee has not backed down."
Greenlee spent two years at North, then transferred to Homewood-Flossmoor last year. She came back to North and is glad to be a part of the program.
"I knew everyone here; we played together since sixth grade," Greenlee said. "It was pretty easy because we all like each other, and we know this program has a good tradition."
That also meant doing what Zasada expected and more.
"I know as a senior I have to step up, but that's what a senior is supposed to do," Greenlee said. "I don't see it as pressure but as motivation. We have a young team, and my job is to make sure we are doing what we need to do. Schenia (Battle) and Sabrina (Montgomery) can get the job done, but I'll do what is asked."
That means hitting an outside shot or just keeping things together on the court, Zasada said.
"She hit some big 3's against Marist, and without those we would have lost by 40 (points)," Zasada said. "She has stepped up in some big games. We needed someone like her because we are a young team, and we are still coming together."
Greenlee said it takes a lot of work and a lot of shots in practice to get everything right. She is averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.2 assists per game.
"Once you get your shot down, it helps with your consistency," Greenlee said. "You can't just be satisfied or get comfortable just because you make a few. You have to continue to work and practice."
The senior also has been a plus on defense, and Zasada said she has become a complete player.
"She usually draws the other team's top scorer, and that is a lot of pressure, but she has handled it," Zasada said. "She is talented and coachable, and that is what make it a pleasure to coach her."